Child of Fire: A Twenty Palaces Novel

By Harry Connolly

Ray Lilly resides on borrowed time. he is the driving force for Annalise Powliss, a high-ranking member of the Twenty Palace Society, a bunch of sorcerers dedicated to removing and executing rogue magicians. yet simply because Ray betrayed her as soon as, Annalise is seeking an excuse to kill him-or allow another individual do the job.

Unfortunately for either one of them, Annalise's subsequent project is going flawed, leaving her severely injured. With the little magic he controls, Ray needs to entire her project on my own. not just does he need to cease a sorcerer who is sacrificing dozens of blameless lives in trade for supernatural energy, he needs to find-and destroy-the resource of that inhuman magic.

Child of fireplace used to be named to Publishers Weekly's record of most sensible a hundred Books of 2009.

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